Carol Severin Enters CA Park & Recreation Society Hall of Fame


The California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) recently bestowed a Fellowship Award in the Professional Service award series to Carol Severin for lifetime significant contributions to the California parks and recreation profession.

Ms. Severin was recognized for her outstanding contributions in leadership, strategic planning, partnership/coalition building, communications, and as a creator of experiences at the local, state and national levels for a multitude of recreation and parks organizations over her 60 year professional recreation and parks career.

This award was presented to Ms. Severin at the 2013 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference, held in San Jose, CA, on March 8th.  

Carol Severin is an outstanding contributor to the California parks and recreation profession. As a member of CPRS for 63 years, she started as recreation leader and capped her long professional career in 2012 as Board President of East Bay Regional Park District, the largest in the USA. She has served on the EBRPD Board of Directors for the past 18 years. She’s held leadership positions with Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, California Association of Recreation and Park Districts, California Special Districts Association and California Park & Recreation Society.

According to East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert E. Doyle, “Having Carol Severin recognized for her substantial efforts in our community with the prestigious CPRS fellowship award is outstanding. Carol's longstanding leadership on our Board and her significant contributions to the development of our recreation services and youth internship Programs have shaped this Park District into a world-class agency. I am pleased to have her receive credit for her vision. And she is a truly nice person.”

CPRS Executive Director Jane H. Adams states, “CPRS is so proud to recognize individuals who have shown outstanding leadership over the course of their career in parks and recreation. These individuals have consistently gone beyond the expected by serving in leadership roles in many organizations. Their leadership has left a positive mark on the profession throughout California. Carol is an excellent example of a leader who has worked tirelessly to make their community a better place to live, work, and play.”

CPRS is a membership organization with 3,400 members representing the 535 local parks and recreation agencies throughout the state. The mission of CPRS is to advance the profession and its members through education, networking, resources, and advocacy.  

The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay. The system comprises 112,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.

Carolyn Jones
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